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Recap: Minnesota draws LAFC in final home match of 2019

Minnesota United scored second for the second time this week to come out with a draw against league leading LAFC.

September 29, 2019 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States -Robin Lod tries to get to a ball during an MLS match between Minnesota United and Los Angeles Football Club at Allianz Field (Photo: Tim C McLaughlin)
Minnesota United vs LAFC at Allianz Field (Tim C McLaughlin)

Another match this week and another point brought home. Minnesota United drew and even 1-1 on Sunday night against Los Angeles Football Club.

After being on the bench on Wednesday night Wilfried Moimbé-Tahrat, Lawrence Olum, and Hassani Dotson move into the starting XI for Chase Gaspar, Kevin Molino, and Ozzie Alonso respectively. While Molino and Alonso just were not listed on the matchday 18, Gaspar is serving a suspension for a red card from the match on Wednesday. Rasmus Schuller, Wyatt Omsberg, and Angelo Rodriguez will be on the bench after not being listed on the Wednesday roster.

The first half was filled with excitement but not necessarily in a good or bad way. The pitch was in very poor condition and it showed from the start. Both teams consistently battled with bad passes and errant balls from the outset. Minnesota was able to control the ball much better being more used to the pitch but LAFC did not seem to be able to adjust.

LAFC did get close to scoring in a play that I can’t even describe but has to be watched to be believed.

Opening up the second half Angelo Rodriguez would come in for Mason Toye who had been given a yellow in the first half. On Angelo’s first touch of the night he fired a shot only to have it stopped by LAFC keeper Pablo Sisniega.

Carlos Vela opened the scoring on the night with an easy goal on a curling shot to put LAFC up 1-0 in the 70th minute.

Immediately after the goal Ethan Finlay would come on to replace Robin Lod in midfield.

Five minutes later Michael Boxall would even up the score for Minnesota. Jan Gregus took a free kick and sent it straight to Boxall in the box who finished it with a beautiful header to get it past Sisniega.

Following the final goal Minnesota would hold back LA’s charge at scoring a second goal and Adrian Heath decided not to use the third sub during the match compared to LAFC using all three.